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Video game developers have always been able to imagine up unique and iconic items. Sometimes they make sense, like the Buster Sword or Spartan Armor. But there are also many items that are just weird and inexplicable. These are some of the strangest but most useful items found in video games.
10. Stunkz (Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath)
Stranger’s Wrath has a unique take on ammo. Instead of using bullets or rockets, the player launches small but deadly critters at their enemies. One breed of this “live ammunition” is Stunkz, which look an adorable skunk. When the creature hits, however, it emits a powerful odor across a wide area, causing those caught in the blast to violently puke. The player can capture multiple bounties while enemies are occupied. The main character, Stranger, seems unfazed by the smell.
9. Your Finger (Tearaway)
In Tearaway, the player is actually a god-like character called the You. Your face appears in the sun and your finger can tear through the paper ground. You can poke the rear touchpad, sending your finger ripping into the game world allowing you to whack enemies. The finger looks oddly realistic and out of place when set against the rest of the paper-made world. It’s incredibly surreal seeing a part of yourself in a game, especially when it’s a major part of the gameplay.
8. Groovitron Glove (Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time)
The Ratchet & Clank series has always had weird weapons like the Morph-O-Ray, which turns enemies into chickens. But the weirdest would have to be the Groovitron Glove. The glove throws out a disco ball that plays an irresistible tune, compelling any nearby enemy to start dancing uncontrollably. This allows the player to take a breather…or attack without retaliation. It’s unclear what amazing music could make these enemies prioritize dancing over their lives.
7. Blast Mask (The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask)
Running out of bombs in a Zelda game can be a hassle. While many entries in the series have a system keeping the player sufficiently stocked, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask ensures that Link is never empty-handed if he has the Blast Mask. The mask is itself a bomb that regenerates after every explosion, allowing for unlimited uses. But in order to use it, Link has to blow up his own face. Apparently, in the world of Zelda, it makes more sense to set off an explosive attached to your head than go to a store and buy some more bombs.
6. Mollusk Launcher (Saints Row: The Third)
The Saints Row franchise has a multitude of odd weaponry. While the Dubstep Gun and the Penetrator get a lot of attention, the weirdest might be the Mollusk Gun from the Funtime! Pack DLC. The gun launches a talking octopus that attaches itself to enemies and takes over their mind. The enemy then fights for the player and after some time has passed, the octopus explodes in a colorful stream of sparks. The gun gets a significant boost in the weirdness scale because of the pitiful and unsettling pleas for mercy from the octopi.
Up next, more weird items from Red Faction: Armageddon and Metal Gear Solid.
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